SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 8, February 20, 2014

Arizona Introduces Bill to Exempt Vehicles 40 Years Old and Older From Emissions Inspections

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

  arizona
In 2014, legislation has been introduced to exempt all vehicles manufactured in or before the model year “that is 40 years before the year in which the inspection is due.”
   

Legislation to exempt all vehicles manufactured in the ’74 model year and earlier from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions inspection program was signed into law in 2011. Under previous law, only vehicles manufactured in ’66 and earlier and “collectibles” were exempt.

Under Federal law, changes to the state’s inspection and maintenance program must be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has not yet approved the expanded exemption.

In 2014, legislation has been introduced to exempt all vehicles manufactured in or before the model year “that is 40 years before the year in which the inspection is due.”

While the bill does not expressly state it, it’s likely that it would require similar EPA approval if enacted into law. The new SEMA-supported bill amounts to a rolling exemption, picking up an additional model year for the exemption for each year the law is in place.

For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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